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Downloads March 23, 2011: RIM Targets iPad With Upcoming Tablet. Interesting competition brewing Under the headline "RIM To Release PlayBook Tablet April 19," the Wall Street Journal (3/23, Weinberg, subscription required) reports that with the introduction of the tablet, which will start at $499, Research In Motion is entering the market with a tablet designed to compete directly with Apple's iPad, both in terms of capabilities and price. However, experts say there has been some ambiguity as to how RIM wants to position the tablet, as a primarily work or personal device. The New York Times (3/23, B3, Austen) reports RIM's devices "have long included security and control features that are of more interest to people who run computer systems than to the employees using the BlackBerrys," and as such the PlayBook could be a desirable commodity for businesses. One analyst "said that many corporations would probably prefer the PlayBook because of their history with the BlackBerry smartphone." However, the analyst added that "he also expected that companies would find ways to integrate iPads and tablets based on Google's Android operating system, if for no other reason than to accommodate employees who bring their personal devices to work." American Companies Plan China Expansions, But Concerns Remain. Globalization The AP (3/22) reported, "American companies plan to expand their operations in China but remain deeply concerned over regulations that favor local companies at the possible expense of foreign businesses, a US group said Tuesday." The findings of the survey indicate "that US companies performed well in the past year, returning to pre-financial crisis levels of profitability." And "the vast majority - 83 percent of respondents - plan to increase their investment and expand operations in China" in the future. However, businesses also "expressed major concerns with bureaucracy and regulatory uncertainties in China that favor domestic companies, and voiced increased pessimism that economic reforms can improve the working climate." Companies must go to the markets, and final assembly mostly near the customers Company Specializes In Turning Recycled Plastics Into Building Materials. KCAU-TV Sioux City, IA (3/22, Mulcahy) reported on R J Thomas Manufacturing, which since 1959 has specialized in turning "old recycled plastics. ..into usable building materials." The company "receives blocks of recycled plastic from a company in Minnesota," and then shape the blocks "to make assemble- ready materials to build something like a picnic table." Officials said a large proportion of their business comes from local and state governments, which use the picnic tables for park and camping areas. "To make a plastic picnic table. ..takes roughly 2,500 milk jugs, and this company last year used 6.4 million milk jugs for their products." Justices Rule Investors Can Sue Over Manufacturer's Nondisclosure. Interesting twist
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